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OCEAN SHORES, Grays Harbor County — Police in Ocean Shores say tips led them to seize a 4-foot-long alligator they say was living in a small apartment in Ocean Shores.

KING 5 reported that one of those tips came from April Rognlin’s landlord. The station also says it’s against state law to own American Black alligators in Washington.

A state Fish and Wildlife officer brought “Snappy” to the Thurston County Animal Shelter. The creature will be placed in a reptile refuge.

Officers confiscated the alligator Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Don Grossi said they found Snappy in the back seat of the resident’s vehicle.

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Rognlin told KING: “It broke my heart” and added, “he’s just like a dog or a cat.”

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